BROOKVILLE — The Twin Valley South Panthers won the 2015 TVS-Brookville Summer League tournament, when they defeated Brookville on Wednesday, July 8 to claim the title. This gave TVS their first summer league title since 2003.
The Panthers beat Brookville after beating defending Division IV state champions Tri-Village in the semi-final match up. According to Twin Valley South head coach Tony Augspurger, the Panthers beat Tri-Village after junior Mike Meyers hit a three pointer with two seconds left — giving the Panthers a two-point victory.
The shot marked Meyers’ second game-winning three in the summer league, as he also hit a game winner earlier in the regular season against Milton-Union.
Brookville reached the finals after they beat number one seed Carlisle in the semi-finals to place the two host schools in the finals.
Augspurger gave credit to his team’s depth, toughness and senior leadership as keys to the Panthers’ tournament victory.
“I thought our depth and our toughness was integral to our success as was the play on both ends of the court by returning starters Jacob Bassler and JJ Utz who both capped off outstanding summers,” Augspurger said.
Augspurger continued, saying he believes the success of last year’s team on the defensive end has carried over with the team despite the loss of five seniors.
“This past season we were extremely hard-nosed defensively and less than stellar on offense. However, it was a recipe for our most successful season since 2008. I thought this summer my seniors Bassler, Utz, Winston Crosier and Chad Ehler did a great job of setting the tone for our younger guys that we are going to defend every night, every possession. “
The Panthers won three games on late buckets to win by two points compared to last year’s team, who lost five games by two points or less. Augspurger said the habit of winning close games could be a difference maker this upcoming year.
“Summer basketball doesn’t necessarily transfer over to winter success, however, winning and losing become habits and I thought we gained some confidence that we can be very competitive in our league and area here this summer,” he said.
In first round match-ups, number one seed Carlisle beat Milton Union before losing to Brookville in the semi finals. Tri-Village defeated Preble Shawnee before bowing out in the semis to the eventual champions, Twin Valley South.
TVS defeated Dixie in their opening round game, and Brookville defeated Eaton in their opening round game of the tournament.
The tournament marks the end of the summer basketball season for most of the local teams before the season rolls around in November.